Fire Ravages Apartment 8-plex â€“ May 13, 2011
Arcata Fire Press Release
SAMOA & K â€“ Arcata Firefighters responded to a fireÂ in an apartment complex at Thursday, May 12 at 7:41 p.m. Â They arrived to find one unit inÂ the eight-plex fully involved with fire spreading to adjoining units. ArcataÂ Police officers had evacuated the residents, including one hearing impairedÂ resident who was unaware of the fire.
A quick attack was made on the fireÂ with 2 Â˝â€ť hand-lines and firefighters controlled the fire in about 20Â minutes. The fast-developing fire gutted one apartment unit and spread toÂ the next door unit before it was stopped. Other units suffered smoke, heatÂ and water damage. The value of the property saved is estimated at $220,000Â with an estimated loss of $140,000.
According to Asst. Chief Desmond Cowan, â€śWeâ€™re happy that no one was injured
in this fire. The Arcata Police did an excellent job of evacuating theÂ building and providing scene security so that our personnel could focus onÂ controlling the fire.â€ť Twenty-five firefighters responded to the call withÂ four engines, one ladder truck, and one rescue truck. Red Cross personnelÂ were contacted and provided assistance to the residents displaced by theÂ fire.
Investigators interviewed the resident of the unit and removed debris fromÂ the apartment. A space heater in the bedroom appears to have been the causeÂ of the fire. Space heaters are a common cause of house fires, according toÂ the National Fire Protection Administration. Almost one third of all houseÂ fires that are caused by home heating equipment are caused by space heaters,Â and the lack of adequate clearance from combustible materials is one of the
most common factors in those fires.